Ostensibly a biting satire on the contemporary obsession with celebrity culture, this near-future set parable from Brandon (son of David) Cronenberg is as much a warning about the powers, and inherent dangers, of the big pharmaceutical corporations. Competing private clinics specialise in infecting fans with genetically modified illnesses harvested directly from celebrities, so they can become closer to their idols. When salesman Syd March infects himself with the latest virus, things take a totally unexpected turn.
Fans of the senior Cronenberg's earlier work (such as eXisTenZ) will recognise the DNA, but this has its own fresh twist that will taunt you to look away while keeping you fixated with what is unfolding on screen.
Beautiful and haunting, a film which will stay with you long after you leave
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- Sat, 10th Nov 2012
- Brandon Cronenberg